Filmmakers

Dakin Henderson is a young filmmaker who quickly established a strong presence in Boston. He recently produced and directed his first long-form documentary “What Time Is Left,” a co-production with Vital Pictures. He is Director of Photography and Assistant Editor for the one-hour documentary Gaining Ground, a co-production of Vital Pictures and Holding Ground Productions. In Summer 2011, he traveled to Mongolia for the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia to produce video for a multi-media museum exhibit on climate change. As a student, his short documentary Bishop’s Castle won the Colorado College Lewis Award for Student Film of the Year 2008; the film has screened at the Ivy Film Festival at Brown University, the Indie-Spirit Film Festival in Colorado Springs, and won Best Documentary at the Colorado College Film Festival 2008. His other films have won awards at the Shoot Out Boulder competition and the Ecological Society of America EcoFilm Festival. Dakin currently works as Staff Editor/Photographer for Vital Pictures in Boston, MA. Visit his website at www.shaxentertainment.com


Christine Herbes-Sommers has produced over 100 hours of documentary, dramatic and educational programming for PBS since 1976. Her film Joan Robinson: One Woman’s Story won the Dupont Columbia Award in 1981, and her work over the years has garnered many other awards.

She partnered with Llew Smith at Vital Pictures to develop and produce, with California Newsreel, the four-part series Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick? and was executive producer for the award-winning documentary Herskovits at the Heart of Blackness. She is currently Executive Producer for An American Dilemma, and spearheading the Coming of Age in an Aging America project. She and Llew were also producers for the groundbreaking series Race: The Power of An Illusion in 2001. Prior to Vital Pictures, Christine was a staff producer at WGBH/Boston and at The Big Picture Company in Rhode Island where she created innovative programming for schools nationwide. She has a BA in Political Science from Knox College and a MA from the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy.

Christine is Vice President of Vital Pictures.